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Warner Announces the Awarding of 10 Minority Scholarships

Warner Norcross + Judd this week announced the awarding of ten scholarships to minority students interested in pursuing a career in law.  The Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded Warner Norcross + Judd LLC academic scholarships to two minority students to assist them in furthering their legal studies. A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the , the Warner scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Sumer Ghazala of Troy, the Law School Scholarship to attend the Yale Law School
  • Aneka Montgomery of Detroit, the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship to pursue her studies at Oakland Community College.

The 2018 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Now in its 18th year, the first Warner academic scholarship established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation was awarded in 2001.

In addition, Warner Norcross awarded eight minority students with scholarships to attend classes designed to prepare them to take the Law School Admissions Test. Studies have shown that students who take a formal LSAT prep course score higher on the test, which determines entrance into law school.  The LSAT Prep Scholarship program is now in its 11th year.

Through its scholarship programs, Warner has provided more than $185,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a law career.

Warner Norcross Awards 2014 Minority Scholarships

For the 14th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2014 recipients are:

• Ka’nea K. Brooks of Ypsilanti, Law School Scholarship
• Veronica A. Foster of Southfield, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began awarding scholarships, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $155,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law. To date, the firm has award scholarships to more than 70 students.

The 2014 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Warner Norcross established the scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

Brooks, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Even as a first-generation college graduate, Brooks knew she would become an attorney, noting “As far back as I can remember, I was confident that I would become a lawyer.”

Brooks plans to attend Emory Law School, where she has received a merit scholarship to finance her legal education. She based her decision to attend Emory on a number of factors.

“The students and faculty are welcoming and engaging,” she explained. “The law school has several centers and clinics that will allow me to explore my interest in human rights, educational policy and juveniles.”

Foster received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She plans to complete her degree at Oakland Community College and hopes to use her education to supplement her experiences as a legal secretary and law librarian. Her career goals include work in civil litigation and appeals.

“I hope to become an invaluable asset to my future employer,” Foster said. “The paralegal certificate from OCC will provide the foundational skills necessary for longevity and stability in the profession. The existence of the Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant scholarship is encouraging because it … promotes minority participation in the profession. It is truly a catalyst to opportunity.”

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
• Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship)
• Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship)
• Demonstrate financial need
• Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies
• Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority

In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.

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WNJ Essay Contest Winner Published as Guest Column in the Grand Rapids Press

Daijon Miller, the sixth grader at the Riverside Middle School in Grand Rapids who is the Grand Prize winner in Warner’s eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest, was honored by the Grand Rapids Press today by publishing his essay as today’s Guest Column.

Guest Column

Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest Winners Recognized by the Grand Rapids School Board

MLK, Jr., Essay Contest winners and Honor Mention Award winners

 

MLK, Jr., Essay Contest Winners Andruw Sandy, Jamarius McBride, and Kevin O'Neil (left to right) with Rodney Martin

 

Last evening the Grand Rapids School Board recognized the winners of the 2011-12 Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest.  The essay contest, in its 7th year, is conducted by Warner Norcross & Judd for sixth graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  Grand Prize winner Jamarius McBride, of Riverside Middle School, read his essay, “Are You Willing?,” to the members of the board. 

Warner Norcross & Judd Diversity Partner Rodney Martin presented Jamarius with a gift card from Schuler Books and Music and a savings bond.  Martin also presented a gift card and savings bond to first runner up Kevin O’Neil, of the Center for Economicology, and second runner up Andruw Sandy, of Riverside Middle School.  In addition, Martin recognized 20 students whose essays received Honorable Mention and presented them with a gift card.

Warner Norcross & Judd designed the contest to encourage students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.  Essays were judged by Warner Norcross attorneys and staff on originality, clarity, organization and knowledge of Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement.

• WNJ Issues 2008 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

2008 Diversity and Inclusion Annual ReportWarner Norcross has issued its third annual report regarding the firm’s initiatives to become a more diverse and inclusive organization.  The 2008 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report includes a letter from Managing Partner Doug Wagner, in which he reviews the firm’s progress.  It also includes articles regarding some of the programs and initiatives at the firm this past year.  To see a copy of the report, click on the image to the left.

Copies of the firm’s annual reports for 2006 and 2007 may be found on the firm’s website by clicking here.

• WNJ Lawyers to Appear on Film Series Panel

Two Warner Norcross & Judd attorneys will appear on a panel following the Chiaroscuro International Film Series‘s showing of In This World on Sunday, February 8, at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. 

Kathy HanenburgKathy Hanenburg and Homayune GhaussiHomayune Ghaussi will discuss issues raised by the film, which tells the story of two Afghan boys who make a perilous journey from a refugee camp in Pakistan, through Iran, Turkey, Italy and France, to seek refuge in the United Kingdom.  Hanenburg chairs the firm’s Immigration Practice Group.  Ghaussi is an associate in the firm’s Southfield office.  He was born in Afghanistan.  His family left after the Russian invasion and eventually settled in metropolitan Detroit.

The movie begins at 2:30 p.m.  The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is located at 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  (MAP)

You can see the trailer for the movie by clicking here